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Panama's outgoing ambassador to Taiwan has reaffirmed his country's strong ties with the R.O.C., after reports that his government had yet to announce his successor raised concerns over the future of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
 
Keeping Taipei tidy
Volunteers pick up trash in Taipei, Saturday, April 22.
 
Rolling round the bend
In this undated image provided by a local photographer, fireflies light up the night in Alishan, Chiayi. Liyuanliao Station (梨園寮車站) -- a tiny unmanned stop along the Alishan Forest Railway –is a hotspot for photography enthusiasts this time of year. At night, the area becomes a fairyland filled with blinking fireflies.
 
Actress-turned-legislator Kao Chin Su-Mei (高金素梅) has criticized a new government anti-spying bill, saying it risks drawing Taiwan into another "dark period" similar to the White Terror era.
 
The R.O.C. Navy Fleet of Friendship was forced to cancel a scheduled port call in Singapore after news of the scheduled stop was leaked to the media, a source has told The China Post.
 
The National Communications Commission (NCC, 國家通訊傳播委員會) has rebutted concerns that its latest bill could pave the way for media censorship in Taiwan.
 
Headlines from across Taiwan
Good morning, here are the top stories from around Taiwan for Saturday April 22, 2017.
 
Dioxin contamination confirmed in a Taiwan first, with 3 Changhua farms sealed off for 7 days
In the first such case in Taiwan, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has detected the known carcinogen dioxin in eggs at a concentration exceeding the legal allowable limit.
 
'The gov't is at fault for tainted eggs'
An egg wholesaler Friday questioned the food authorities' decision to seal off his warehouse over alleged dioxins contamination, accusing the government of failing to monitor the sources of the carcinogen chemicals, which experts say are created during industrial production.
 
Don't drink raw milk, health authorities warn
Dairy cattle in Chiayi were confirmed this week to have been infected with bovine tuberculosis. Disease control authorities said Friday that there was a risk of cow-to-human transmission if a consumer drinks unsterilized milk, but that there was no cause for concern because all milk on the market must be sterilized.
 
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